The girls’ Palmetto Rehab Tip-Off basketball tournament will be Nov. 24-25 at the York Comprehensive High School main gym.
Varsity play will begin with Spring Valley against RJ Reynolds at 6p.m. Nov. 24, followed by York against Andrew Jackson at 7:30 p.m.
The winner of game one will play the winner of game two at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 25 for the title, with the two losers playing in the consolation game.
The Palmetto Rehab junior-varsity tourney will be Nov. 24-25 in the YCHS auxiliary gym.
Junior-varsity action begins with Andrew Jackson against Spring Valley at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24, followed by York against South Pointe at 6:45 p.m.
The winners advance to the title game at 6:45 p.m. Nov. 25, preceded by the consolation game at 5:30 p.m.
“We look forward to hosting the Palmetto Rehab Tip-Off,” said tournament director Paula Blackwell. “We appreciate Palmetto Rehabilitation’s sponsorship.”
“It’s a good tournament with quality teams involved, including North Carolina powerhouse RJ Reynolds,” Blackwell said.
Blackwell said hosting the tournament helps the York varsity and junior-varsity teams prepare for the regular season.
Admission is $5 per person; winter sports passes are $40 and can be purchased at the door.
The Lady Cougars varsity had a strong showing against Indian Land and Great Falls in scrimmages last week.
“We turned up the intensity level defensively against Indian Land,” said Blackwell. “We forced turnovers and turned them into points.
“We have a young team that learned a lot last season. We have real good team chemistry this year.”
Blackwell said varsity and junior-varsity players have reaped the benefits of lifting weights and practicing. “It’s really helped our basketball program,” she said.
Carrie Lee Lancaster, a senior all-region post player, has contributed much to the Cougars’ cause, including 18 rebounds and eight blocked shots in one game.
“I feel great about the way we are playing,” Lancaster said. “We are playing as a team and with confidence. I have the support of my teammates, and that is a great feeling.”
Sophomore guard Meg McGarity, whose offensive production helped the Cougars’ play in last week’s scrimmages, said, “We’re playing better in the preseason.”
“Our workouts and practices in first block are making a difference,” she said.
McGarity, who has good court savvy and vision, also isn’t afraid to shoot from the perimeter. “I am shooing the ball with confidence,” she said.